Save the Greenbelt in Ontario
Most if not all of the Greenbelt (and Oak Ridges Moraine) lands are located across Maple & Kleinburg and in various parts of Ontario. The current legislation prohibits residential/industrial development on such lands.
Last week, Minister Steve Clark removed lands at Pine Valley Dr north of Teston Rd from the Greenbelt and approved residential development on those lands. The rationale for this is to allow for speedy construction of new homes. These lands are not shovel ready.
The floodgates for future development in the Greenbelt have now opened with landowners across our City asking for the same consideration which meet the criteria of being located next to servicing and existing residential.
Vaughan was forced last year to give up all its remaining prime agricultural lands for development. Large tracts of the Greenbelt have been slated for destruction by the proposed Highway #413 and now, protected Greenbelt lands have been designated for residential development. Once the Greenbelt is gone, the ecosystem which was protected by the Greenbelt, will erode due to the effects of climate change. This loss will have immense ecological, social and financial costs.
The Province will be adding Vaughan’s lost acreage and expanding the Greenbelt in a community hours away from us – which is fundamentally unfair to our residents.
There is no urgency to build more homes faster as Vaughan has tens of thousands of units in the queue to be built over the next decade. Imposing destructive development on the Greenbelt was not necessary.
If you are concerned about losing more Greenbelt lands, please make your comments known by signing this petition and also visit the Environmental Registry link (see below). The deadline for comments is December 5, 2022.
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